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Donald Trump Shows His Fighting Ways by Whining About Every Goddamn Thing

Promises boycott of Fox because of criticism.

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Our thin-skinned, whiny zeitgeist
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It probably says something about where our culture currently lives that Donald Trump's huffy, easily affronted demeanor is perceived by so many people to be personality traits of a "fighter." Should we blame it on our social-media-fed culture of constant, omnipresent outrage?

The Trump news of today and yesterday pivots right off this huffiness. Today, Trump has complained on Twitter that Fox News has treated him "very unfairly," and he will not appear on the network for the "forseeable future."

A look at Trump's Twitter feed shows him for the past two days complaining about how Fox talks about him and retweeting those who agree with him about how bad Fox is, complaining (again) about Megyn Kelly and also Bill O'Reilly, who apparently had some Trump critics on his show.

Since I'm not a Fox News viewer (I actually avoid watching cable news as much as possible; this isn't an issue I have specifically with Fox), I have no idea the extent of criticism he's facing. O'Reilly dismissed Trump's behavior as an "extension of his reality show" but nevertheless thinks that that Trump is good "for politics in America" and is forcing people to pay attention.

My prediction is that this is a silly short-term squabble that will end peacefully, and then in a speech Trump will brag about how everybody at Fox loves him and tells him all the time that he's the greatest candidate for president they've ever seen. The fourth debate, in November, will be on Fox Business News.

The conservative Super PAC Club for Growth, though, is experiencing the part of Trump's thin-skinned nature that comes with legal threats. Trump has threatened a "multi-million dollar lawsuit" against Club for Growth if they don't pull an attack ad that accuses him of being more like a Democrat and for supporting higher taxes. The threatening letter says Club for Growth defamed Trump with the claim that he's in favor of higher taxes using statements from him that were 15 years old.

Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post looked through the letter and provided some amusing annotations. Cillizza points out that less than a month ago a story in the New York Times noted Trump's calls for higher taxes on American businesses who put factories in other countries or use mergers to move their bases in other countries, as well as higher taxes on hedge fund managers. These may be tax increases that his populist, nativist base may readily swallow, but they are nevertheless tax increases.

There's little in the letter from Trump's lawyer that is to be treated seriously, but that doesn't mean he won't sue them anyway. And some will again see this as another example of his reputation as a "fighter," rather than the equivalent of some petty business owner trying to sue somebody who gave them a bad review on Yelp.

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  1. If I had cable, I might watch Fox News to avoid Trump. It would be nice if Reason started covering something else.

  2. A look at Trump’s Twitter feed shows him for the past two days complaining about how Fox talks about him and retweeting those who agree with him about how bad Fox is

    Imma have to note that actually, Trump is such an annoying motherfucker that he refuses to actually RT people. I can’t fucking stand the quoting he does when he doesn’t even add anything to the tweet. And all his fans could be getting RTs and faves but aren’t because Trump steals their IP.

    Which, of course, is fine with me, because intellectual property is theft, but shouldn’t be fine for those people.

    1. Hey, maybe you could retweet (I refuse to use your absurd acronyms) this at him. It could apply to either of you!

      1. Smdh. You can’t retweet it if it isn’t a tweet.

        1. I only speak English, Nicole. I don’t speak imbecile.

    2. None of this political crap matters since the republicans aren’t going to win the presidency again in our lifetimes. Take up fishing or something you can enjoy.

    3. How can a tweeter be a fighter?

      The only reason anyone thinks Trump is a “fighter” is by comparison to the rest of the field. Pussies.

      Except maybe Rand Paul, who (fairly) consistently takes on the opposition.

      And Christie – who is a “fighter” – but a really DUMB fighter. You know – someone who fights just to get their brain beat in.

  3. “I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said.

    “So I’m warning you, tread very f—ing lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting. You understand me?”

    “You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up?for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet?you’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” he added.

    I wonder where he gets it. I still say Trump doesn’t act in a manner peculiar to Trump – he’s from Jersey and that’s the way all the goombahs in Jersey act. The worst of them, those too crude and too much of an embarrassment to be allowed to live in Jersey, get sent off to the Jersey suburbs known as New York City. Oddly enough, the goombahs sent off to exile in NYC are so dim-witted and thick-skulled that they think of Jersey as a suburb of New York City where all the goombahs are sent. It’s amusing, but only in the sad pathetic way that watching a retarded chimpanzee repeatedly stick his dick in an electrical socket might be good for a larf.

    1. Trump raped somebody?

      That’s what I heard, anyway. Pass it on.

      1. There must be something there, for his name to keep coming up concerning the issue. Smoke and fire, and all that jazz.

    2. Trump is from NYC, not Jersey.

    3. Dude, all the goombahs decamped to NJ decades ago. There are few if any left in NYC.

  4. Trump is based on whining. He whines, his positions are whines about immigrants and America not being “great” any longer, his supporters whine, his opponents whine, people whine about Trump coverage… its a closed economy of whining over fake outrage, a perpetual motion butthurt machine.

    It is brilliant, really.

    1. Stop whining, NutraSweet.

    2. He even predicts that he will whine about winning.

    3. Actually, he seems to be enjoying the whining.

    4. Then people whine about all the whining. It’s kind of meta, really.

    5. a perpetual motion butthurt machine

      Simpsons didn’t do that.

  5. The threatening letter says Club for Growth defamed Trump with the claim that he’s in favor of higher taxes using statements from him that were 15 years old.

    How can you defame someone with their own words?

    1. Well, if you whine hard enough, it just…works.

  6. So says Reason magazine which has been whining about Trump every day for the last 3 months

  7. you have to admit – Trump’s ability to force writers who want to ignore him, like the ones at Reason, to cover his most inane act is impressive.

    1. Dude, I don’t like your implication that the Reason editors are somehow compelled to talk about Trump. They can quit any time they want. I bet they ignored Trump multiple times just today, in fact,

    2. Palin’s Buttplug impressive, or Tony impressive?

      1. many folks have managed to ignore either or both of them.

        1. And many more seem unable to ignore them, and give over entire threads to futile argument.

          1. so you’re saying the writers are just like those who respond to tony, buttplug, and the botard.

            1. Yes. And that Trump is basically little more than a troll.

              1. Charles Cooke is started a jihad against Trump. His own personal jihad.

                I love that bloody limey.

  8. Trump is a fighter! I like that about him. Keep on fightin’ the good fight, Donald.

    1. “Uggh, Trump Good!”

  9. Trump fights with similar tactics as Black Lives Matter and the rest of the SJW crowd. The zeitgeist is that being a victim is a position of moral superiority, It is just seems odd coming from a man who is nominally of the Right.

    1. I think of him as another Howard Stern. Spends all his time talking about how great he is and how anyone that criticizes him sucks. He’s trying to get elected through shock-jock radio war tactics.

      1. It’s working.

    2. It isn’t the first time in history that the right has gotten a massive victim complex and demanded that its politicians have more of a will to power. As obnoxious as SJWs are with their mean girls bullshit, they’ve got nothing on that — if they ever tried their hand at actual violence, they would be destroyed. Trump himself might just be a pompous asshat, but the support he’s drawing is very concerning indeed.

      1. I do not support Trump at all, but I think you severely underestimate the Left’s potential for violence.

        1. The left, sure. Union guys, genuine socialists, bomb-throwing anarchists, but not Twitter warriors — they rely on the state to do violence for them.

  10. “Trump’s huffy, easily affronted demeanor is perceived by so many people to be personality traits of a “fighter.” Should we blame it on our social-media-fed culture of constant, omnipresent outrage?”

    I blame the federal government and Howard Hughes, because they killed John Wayne.

  11. Yeah, I suppose it does say a lot about his idiotic mouth breathing supporters that they mistake a whiny, thin skinned pussy for a “fighter”. If only The Donald had pissed off some NY mob boss, he’d be sitting at the bottom of the Hudson in a concrete overcoat instead of running for president.

    1. If only the mafia would show some libertarian love.

      1. He’s carries the Mafia’s water. And we all thought Chris Christie was their water boy.

        Chris Christie is LINDSEY GRAHAM’S water boy – right, SugarFree?

  12. Cillizza points out that less than a month ago a story in the New York Times noted Trump’s calls for higher taxes on American businesses who put factories in other countries or use mergers to move their bases in other countries, as well as higher taxes on hedge fund managers.

    What the fuck is his plan? To keep saying that he wants to tax the rich and then deny it the next day and hope the moderate Democrats and stupid conservatives he’s courting don’t find out about each other?

    1. I doubt he thinks of it as taxing the rich. He doesn’t expect anybody to pay those taxes, but rather to change their mode of biz to avoid those taxes. Think “penalty” rather than tax.

  13. Whenever I speak to Trump supporters, I feel like the sole Cro-Magnon in a room full of Neanderthals.

    All that monosyllabic grunting – I don’t speak grunting. “Uhhh, Broud Good! Trump Good!”

    It’s lonely when you don’t speak the language.

    1. Amazingly, the two species actually overlapped in Europe for a few thousand years. So did they interbreed?

      While scientists allow that there were probably plenty of random matings and hookups, any long-term interbreeding is unlikely. And while there are many reasons for this, the simplest are that

      a) they were probably physically repulsive to each other, and b) they couldn’t meaningfully communicate. And also c) beer wasn’t invented yet.

      Pretty much sums it up – Homo Sapiens Sapiens cannot communicate with Trump supporters and even if he could, he finds them physically repulsive. No mental nor physical attraction. And no beer to smooth out the edges . . ..

      1. What makes you think they didn’t like each other’s looks? Maybe they’d’ve found each other very interesting & attractive. Plus, how much do you have to communicate to marry?

  14. “retweeting those who agree with him about how bad Fox is”

    But Fox is bad….

    Lots of things about Trump to complain about…His perceptive critique of Fox and pretty much all MSM is not one of them.

    “Whining About Every Goddamn Thing”

    Anyone: “Journalists and journalism sure is shitty and full of lies and liars”

    Journailst “whaaaa that is not true why are you such a mean sexist boohoohoohoo stop whing about “everything” whaaaaaaa.

  15. Should we blame it on our social-media-fed culture of constant, omnipresent outrage?

    Did social media call Trump an assmouth? or was that Matt?

    Did you Scott call Trump a sexist or was that social media?

    Who said all Trump supporters were nativist racists?

    If the example of the microcosm of Reason’s out rage boner over Trump is any indication of the greater culture one would think it is not social-media fed but in fact subsists solely on shit flinging monkeys that fill the ranks of MSM.

    1. Okay, I admit it – I’m the guilty party. I’ve called Trump an assmouth, a sexist and all his supporters nativist racists.

      I’ve actually said much, much worse. You just haven’t caught me yet.

      However, Trump needs to either roll with the punches and show more class or he needs to roll with the punches and come up with witty replies or he needs to roll with the punches and find a way to use it to his advantage.

      Storming out like a spoiled 2-year old only shows he ain’t fit to be POTUS. Whining about how ‘unfair’ Fox is only shows he really isn’t ready for prime time.

      Trump also needs to realize that at least 50% of the American people will never support him. We’re a divided country. He’ll always have 50% of people “not treating him fairly”. That’s just the way it is. And if he can’t handle that fact, he should drop out.

      1. “However, Trump needs to either roll with the punches and show more class or he needs to roll with the punches and come up with witty replies or he needs to roll with the punches and find a way to use it to his advantage.”

        Why? He is winning.

        In fact there is a pretty good case to be made that he is winning because of the shit flinging monkeys in MSM. (Reason is also filled with shit flinging monkey’s but lets be honest they effect jack and shit and jack is out of town)

        Anyway my post was in regards to Scott’s dipshit loaded question which blamed social media for outrage culture. Not really about Trump and his winning and losing but about a journalist’s (scott’s) wagon circling delusion.

        1. “Why? He’s winning?”

          Sure, and I’m Miss America. Delusions are a wonderful thing.

          1. “Delusions”

            hey man I just read the polls

            http://www.breitbart.com/big-g…..y-growing/

            Are the polls lying? I don’t know. But personally for one to distrust that kind of lead in the polls I would not go around accusing people of being delusional.

            1. Delusional: (a) Someone who thinks 25% polling preference is winning, even though 75% in the same poll hate your guts and will never vote for you (b) Someone who thinks Trump isn’t a member of Hair Club for Men (c) Someone who thinks a quadruple bankruptcy is a sure-fire sign of business acumen

              1. There are lots of reasons why don’t have a disclaimer saying “I don’t like/support/agree with Trump in my Trump posts.

                The biggest one is it is tedious but also I feel I should not have too.

                I will admit though the bonus that it baits imbeciles like you into conniption fits is growing on me.

  16. For a guy who likes to dish it out, he bitches a lot when he has to take it.

  17. Reason mag and all you suckers are falling for the Trumpster’s latest ego boost. The Donald is the classic perennial non-candidate. He has no desire or intention whatsoever to be president.

    Trump’s no fool and if he actually wanted to be president he wouldn’t go about with malice aforethought alienating anyone and everyone who could help him — ESPECIALLY Fox News, which has pampered him for years. Trump and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly are chummy BFFs who go to sports events together.

    Trump’s got tons of money and he’s bored, so every four years or so he runs for president, which itself not only excites him but provides a vehicle for what he TRULY loves — hating on people he baits into hating on him. He’s like the bully on the grade school playground who’s too smart to actually pick on someone and get in trouble himself, so he provokes a weaker kid into taking a swing at him then beats the kid senseless.

    It’s as simple as that, and you idiots are swinging but you’re too insignificant for Trump to beat black and blue.

    For that, he prefers big guys…like Fox News.

    In the immortal words of Billy The Blowhard O’Reilly: “Wise up.”

    Trump will go away, probably sooner than later, and we’ll get back to a normal presidential contest, which Republicans, having lost Trump, will cleverly devise a new plan for losing.

    1. Maybe he is just doing this to annoy Superman but rally wants to live happily ever after with Brainiac.

  18. One thing that I wonder does Trump consult his consultants before he makes decisions like this or does he just go with his gut and do it?

    I ask because this actually looks like a good move. How many Fox news favorites (or O’Reilly favorites) have won the presidential election?

    The answer is one and his name is Bush and that was 11 years ago.

    The last presidential candidate that Fox tried to destroy won the election 3 years ago.

    1. “How many Fox news favorites” have won the presidential election?

      Oh, I see . . . that’s what it is all about. Trump is trying to ward of the curse of being a Fox News Fave by refusing to be a Fox News Fave.

      Hence, the Trumped up (smile) indignation about “not being treated fairly” by Fox. He’s just a superstitious dickhead and this is Trump’s way of not stepping on cracks in the sidewalk so he doesn’t catch the flu of bad luck (his mama’s already dead, so her back doesn’t matter).

      You’re funny for being a stupid NeanderTrump. I didn’t know NeanderTrump’s had a sense of humor.

      1. “for being a stupid NeanderTrump”

        Ah I see.

        You are an idiot who thinks anyone who disagrees with you supports Trump…and of course anyone who supports trump is sub-human.

        Well I should expect about as good analysis coming form you as I do from reason or MSM.

        1. Don’t try and deny it Broud. You’re no fucking Cro-Magnon man.

  19. “Since I’m not a Fox News viewer … I have no idea the extent of criticism he’s facing.”

    So is this what passes for good journalism at Reason nowadays? “I don’t have any idea what this controversy is about and I didn’t do my homework, but I’ll write an article about it anyway.”

  20. “Trump’s huffy, easily affronted demeanor is perceived by so many people to be personality traits of a ‘fighter.'”

    Those are not the personality traits of a fighter, but a spoiled little brat. He’s spent his entire life surrounded by ass-kissing sycophants, able to shout down anyone who disagrees with him because he’s responsible for their paycheck. Confronted with someone who isn’t intimidated by him, who isn’t bowing down to him, Trump doesn’t know how to handle it. So he throws a fit, claims he is being treated “unfairly”, and storms off, like the petulant child he is.

    And people think he is a “fighter”, someone who will be able to face down our adversaries on the world stage, tell his political opponents at home and abroad the way things are going to be, and maked it so. But those opponents, especially his fellow world leaders, will recognize what a little pissant he is, and eat him alive.

    1. Nicely crafted. If you remove the phrase “he’s responsible for their paycheck” both of those paragraphs could’ve easily been written about Obama. Trump is the Republican Obama, a total lightweight, thin skinned little bitch, who stands for nothing but himself.

  21. “so I guess she doesn’t have to be funny.”

    If you’re ever bored, and if your papist, pointy hatted “morality” permits, you might google her swimsuit competition photos.

    She doesn’t have to be funny, ever, at all. Though she is, mildly, by attractive female standards, which is roughly two standard deviations less funny than CBS sitcom standards.
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